Florence Kipp Leibold, 84, a former resident of Orleans, died on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro. She was born in Needham, Massachusetts, on February 26, 1926, a daughter of Frederic and Caroline (MacIntyre) Hawkins.
She grew up in Massachusetts with half-sisters. She graduated from Newton High School and worked briefly in a children’s store.
She met her future husband, Richard Kipp, who was serving in the Coast Guard, at a USO party for officers who had returned from their tour of duty in Australia and New Zealand. They married in April 1946 and moved to Burlington while Mr. Kipp finished school then to Newark, New Jersey, where he taught biology. They then decided to return to Orleans where he joined his father’s insurance agency. They made their home in Orleans where they raised their family. Mr. Kipp died on March 2, 1988. She later married Charles Leibold in January of 1992. He died on October 26, 2002. Her home with both husbands was in Orleans and she enjoyed winters in Haines City, Florida, with both as well.
Mrs. Leibold was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease but pursued her many interests in spite of this. She and Mr. Leibold were accomplished painters and enjoyed the art club in Florida. She was a longtime member of the Orleans Country Club and loved golfing and socializing there. She was an avid reader and member of the Book and Thimble Club; and enjoyed her bridge club. She was also a member of the Orleans Federated Church. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a great love of her family.
Upon failing health, she resided for a time at the Craftsbury Community Care Center in East Craftsbury and transferred to Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro in November of 2007. She was very much loved and enjoyed by the staff at the nursing home.
Mrs. Leibold leaves a son, Steven Kipp, of Daytona Beach, Florida, and his friend, Charlene Cook, of Glover; a daughter, Martha Lanham and her husband, Paul, of Enola, Pennsylvania; a step-son, the Reverend Dr. Robert Leibold and his wife, Ilse, of Bayville, New York; a half-sister, Lois Rich of Malden, Massachusetts; grandchildren Greta Kipp of Irasburg, John Kipp of Orleans, Justin Kipp of Portland, Maine, Sergeant Trevor Lanham and his wife, Jessica, of Marina, California, Kipp Lanham of Washington, D.C.; newborn great-granddaughter Cora Lanham of Marina; sally8sister-in-law Betty Thurber of Middlebury; and other extended family. She was predeceased by both husbands, Richard Kipp and Charles Leibold; a son, Lawrence F. Kipp, who died September 10, 2010; a granddaughter, Brooke Kipp, who died March 2, 1998; and a sister, Lydia.
A funeral service was held on February 15 at the Orleans Federated Church in Orleans. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery will be in the spring. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Vermont Chapter, care of Department of Neurology, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
From the Barton Chronicle:
Sally once served as Director on the OCC Board and was instrumental in seeing that water was on the course. Sally developed the plans for the stations, which are on holes eight and fifteen. The left photo is the water station on hole #8 and was named "Sally’s Watering Station" in her honor. The tree next to the bench is the memorial for her first husband, Richard Kipp. On the right, as seen through the garden from the 11th green is the water station located on hole #15. They were refurbished in 2010 by Huz Joseph.